…As Moghalu Visits Emir, Promises To Address Critical Issues Raised
The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has commissioned a 36 seater ferry boat at Yelwa-Yauri, Kebbi State recently.
In his opening remarks during the commissioning, the Managing Director of NIWA, Dr. George Moghalu thanked God for the opportunity given to the authority to procure the 36 seater ferry boat on behalf of Senator, Bala Ibn Na`Allah as part of his constituency project.
A statement signed by the Ag. General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Jibril, Darda`u said that the MD also acknowledged the kind support given to NIWA by the Yauri Emirate Council in fulfilling its official responsibilities.
He also appreciated the Senator for his commitment and desire to create the enabling environment for water transportation to grow.
“The importance of water transportation cannot be over emphasized for both facilitating the transportation of cargos and personnel in strengthening our economy and at the same time explore tourism potentials of water transportation. I am also appealing to the government of Kebbi State to encourage NIWA by assisting it to ensure companies, organizations and the public that are using NIWA`s right of ways which is 100 metres perpendicular from the point of river must be made to pay their legitimate fees”.
In his speech, Senator Bala Ibn Na`Allah promised to bring more developments to his people as the ferry being commissioned is just the beginning as two more ferries are on their way coming, one from Lagos and the other from China.
He also stated that in addition to the Jetties, he had built before in the Area, he was also planning in conjunction with NIWA to build a ferry terminal.
Thereafter, the Emir of Yelwa – Yauri His Royal Highness, Dr. Muhammed Zayyanu Abdullahi (CON) cut the tape to commission the new ferry boat for the general use of his people.
There was also a boat ride in compliance with the COVID-19 safety protocols.
Earlier, the Managing Director of NIWA paid a courtesy call to the Emir of Yauri.
During the visit the Emir raised three critical issues in the areas of litigations, clearing of water hyacinth/removal of wrecks and the development of the Inland Waterways for the optimum benefit of his people.
Responding, the MD of NIWA promised to address all the issues raised by the Emir.